
Thursday 
the Fourth of March, 2004 
More proof
that giant radioactive ants will conquer us through superior network
administration, as much as anything else; when foraging over a pair of wide bridges,
they go for pheremoneheavy twoway traffic across an arbitrary bridge, but when
the bridges are narrowed to force single lanes, impatient pushing and shoving
results in an emergent, efficient pair of oneway systems. [from
Nik]
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Wednesday 
the Third 
Odd
claims that coin flips are biased, with a 51% chance
of landing on the same face that they started on  it really boils
down to the human eye being poor at distinguishing genuine coin
flips from those where the coin didn't actually flip over, and
merely wobbled around a bit; we accept flips that weren't flips
at all. They did build a coinflipping machine, though.
More useful to know is that a coin spun on its edge will come up
tails eighty per cent of the time, although this presumably
varies according to the skull size of your head of state. (But what were the other eight Interesting Things About Flipping a Coin?)
[via Erik]
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